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Centre launches five initiatives on conservation of biodiversity

New Delhi: In a virtual celebration of the International Day for Biological  Diversity, Union Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on  Friday launched five key initiatives towards conservation of biodiversity.

 The minister said that India, which is a mega biodiverse country, welcomes those countries who  are interested in improving their biodiversity scenarios, and are ready to share the experiences  and best practices with them.

 He also laid emphasis on the need to limit our consumption and promote a sustainable lifestyle.

 Stressing on this year’s theme, Javadekar said that “Our solutions are in nature” and therefore,  protecting it is very important, especially in the present context of COVID-19 as it is nature that shields us from various catastrophes including zoonotic diseases.

On the occasion, he launched the National Biodiversity Authority  and THE United Nations  Development Programme  Biodiversity Samrakshan Internship Programme which  proposes to engage 20 students with postgraduate degrees for a period of one year through an  open, transparent, online competitive process.

The programme wishes to engage dynamic and creative students, who are willing to learn about  natural resource management and biodiversity conservation and to support the projects of NBA  in various states and Union Territories and to technically assist the State Biodiversity Boards in  discharge of their

mandates.

 The virtual event also saw the launch of UNEP Campaign on Illegal Trafficking of Endangered  Species: ‘Not all Animals Migrate by Choice’. Illegal trade in wildlife carries the risk of spreading  dangerous pandemics, it was emphasised.

 The campaign, launched by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau with UNEP, seeks to address  these environmental challenges, to raise awareness, and to advocate solutions.

A webinar series on  Biodiversity Conservation and Biological Diversity Act, 2002’ was also  launched along with the WWF Model Conference of Parties, an initiative which  involves the younger generation so they can usher in a new beginning and engage in  conversations around impact of humanity’s footprint on biodiversity and also the importance of  sustenance of biodiversity for our own survival.

 An awareness campaign supported by WWF to highlight the crucial role played by nature  through its free ecological services provided for humankind was also launched during the course  of the event.

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